Seeking to raise awareness of the critical impact of slash and burn agriculture and climate change in her native Madagascar, singer Razia Said has created a stunning and moving album of original songs entitled Zebu Nation. The album celebrates the wealth of Malagasy musical culture and will be released in the US & Canada by Cumbancha Discovery on February 23, 2010.
The countdown has begun to the Caribbean's best music festival - Jamaica Jazz & Blues - which is set to wrap up for three nights on the field of the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny, just 19 km east of its former home in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Major enthusiasm was clearly evident at the recent coffee hosted by Flavia Lowenstein-Elortegui when friends and supporters, cheerily tagged the ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œTea at the RitzÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Committee, gathered to discuss plans for The PlayGround TheatreÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s Fifth Anniversary celebration to be held Sunday, May 17, at 3 P.M. at South BeachÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s Ritz Carlton Hotel.
Dancehall sensation Latifa Brown, more populary known as Tifa, has been nominated for two RETV MVP (My Video Pic) Awards. Tifa's hot music video for Bottom of the Barrel, produced by Dexter Pottinger, has been nominated for an award in the category of "Best Dancehall Music Video" and "Best Music Video (Female)."